Today started out cold and grey - hardly surprising as it's autumn - but I really wanted to get out and walk around a garden, and preferably one that would inspire me. I don't know why, but I suddenly decided to go and visit the Savill Garden in Berkshire. I'd heard that it's magnificent in autumn, but nothing, and I mean nothing could have prepared me for what I found and I have to say that this garden has shot to the top of my favourites list after just one afternoon!
I was incredibly lucky with the weather because the sun came out for short bursts while I was there, but even in the grey periods, I was astounded by this garden. It has one of the most amazing collection of trees - including many that I've never seen before - summer borders that are still in bloom at the end of October; a water garden that is just outstanding; rhododendrons that left me gasping; and much, much more.
You can see what the weather was like from my photographs, because they vary from sunny reflections to dull compositions like the one above, but even the poor light conditions couldn't deflect from what's on offer here.
The Savill Garden forms part of Windsor Great Park, and is named after its creator, Eric Savill, who went to work for King George V in 1931, as Deputy Surveyor. He was a talented plantsman with a knowledge of farming and forestry, who set to work, and planted the seeds of the magnificent 35-acre garden that is there today. It is home to several National Plant Collections and forms part of "The Royal Landscape" - a clever catchphrase for all the surrounding areas, including The Valley Gardens.
The rhododendrons here are quite astounding - even at this time of year - and I need to do some research before I post pictures, so that I can tell you what they are. Do visit... and soon if you can, because this is one of the most spectacular autumn gardens I have ever seen!